The monsoon, which is still splashing its wares in Ahmedabad way post its due date, is intent on spoiling Navratri for Amdavadis.
Such is the killjoy-ery that showers received by the city on Tuesday were highest-ever recorded in an October day in last 10 years! Ahmedabad received an average rainfall of 32.19 mm on Tuesday, surpassing the earlier recorded for the day in October in 2010. The highest rainfall was recorded in the west zone (42.83 mm), followed by east and new west zones that received 37 mm and 32 mm of precipitation respectively. Ahmedabad, this season, has received 1,067 mm of rainfall thus far.
Rain, quite naturally, marred the enthusiasm of garba revellers, but an enthusiast, Alkesh Desai, said he would try to salvage his plans. “I was hoping it wouldn’t rain. It did, but thankfully, the venue I was to attend didn’t cancel the event. It will be uncomfortable playing in the mud, but Navratri comes once a year and I have decided to go ahead (with my plans) and enjoy it,” he said.
Organisers are a harried lot, too. With profits out of question, even a breakeven looks bleak. In fact, events are staring at staggering losses. Two events – Vibrant Navratri 2013 and Godrej Garden City garba – were cancelled on Tuesday, but the rest continued with the plans, as tickets have been sold. They have a commitment to keep with sponsors and stall owners.
The damage to equipment and dangers due to the electrical wiring are other concerns affecting organisers. “Rain has damaged a giant LED screen, but we are taking all precautions to protect equipment. Electrical wires, lights and more are well-covered with plastic sheets,” said Arvind Singh, who is conceptualising garba nights at a venue on SG Road.
“We have planned a disco dandiya theme; if it rains, it will turn into disco rain dandiya!” Several venues have also installed domes to shield equipment from spell of rain. Giant blowers and water pumps have been pressed into service to keep the main arena dry. Sand is being used as quick-fix for a slushy patch.